Rosalind Martin April 2015

Are you struggling with Maths? Do you feel as if you are not achieving your full potential?

With every student I teach, I am looking for them to see Maths in a fresh light. When I hear statements like “I know it sounds silly, but I really DO feel that Maths is getting easier” then I know I am succeeding!

I have taught Maths for 20 years, for 5 years as a full time Secondary School teacher and subsequently as a 1-1 and small group tutor. In school, there never seemed to be enough time to solve the problem of how to convey Maths as effectively as possible to pupils who struggle. As a 1-1 tutor I have realised that it’s not so much about going over (yet again) topics they have seen many times in school, it’s about giving people the chance to explore Maths using their own preferred learning style, and developing sometimes completely novel ways of looking at what can be a very abstract subject.

The majority of my pupils in recent years have been in Years 9 to 11, and have been a richly varied bunch, some love Maths and enjoy higher level work, some find even the basics hard. Several have been formally diagnosed with Dyscalculia or Dyslexia, others just struggle in their own unique way!

For  4 years I taught small groups in a local primary school, which acquired the name “Booster Maths”. Some of the mathematicians I worked with in Years 5 and 6 were very confident, very strong, and I led them beyond and deeper into the curriculum. Some of them were identified as struggling, and I lead them deeper into the curriculum too. What they all have in common is, they loved the sessions and often wanted to work through break and lunchtime!

The people I teach, teach me more every day.

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